Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Mary's Pizza hit by hackers
Vince Albano, chief executive officer for the 18-store chain, expects to receive a report by Friday detailing the breadth and timing of the breach.
Once that is known, Albano plans to take out newspaper ads to warn diners who ate at the Spain Street outlet during that period that they might want to cancel their credit cards and get new ones.
Albano said his company doesn't have the ability to notify potential victims directly because the credit card companies won't release their names.
The breach was first discovered by the restaurant's in-house technology expert on Feb. 10 after friends and customers called to complain about errant charges on their credit cards, Albano said. He hired a Chicago-based high-tech forensics firm, Trustwave, to pinpoint the problem.
“Trustwave said they traced it to Russia but I also heard it may be Luxembourg,” Albano said of the suspected location of the hacker.
Albano said his company immediately notified banks and credit card companies of the breach to stop further illegal charges to his customers. pressdemocrat